Professional Athletes, Individual Sports

In contrast with amateur athletes who play or compete in amateur circles for titles or trophies only, professional athletes participate in individual sports such as tennis, figure skating, golf, running, or boxing, competing against others to win prizes and money.

Quick Facts
Duties Participate in individual sports such as tennis, golf, and boxing
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Health
  • Physical Education
Experience Extensive amateur experience required
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements Physical requirements vary by sport
Career Ladder
  • Owner, Sports Training School or Sports Broadcaster
  • Coach
  • Star Athlete
  • Professional Athlete
  • Amateur Athlete

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